|“You can only learn so much from books. You can only learn so much from education. Ultimately, it is the wisdom of God that will carry you through in the toughest situations of life.” Ravi Zachariais
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8
When you talk with a person who is unaware of how God justifies the ungodly, you are apt to find that person feeling that our standing before God is based on works. Much like a ledger, if the sum of your good works is greater than the sum of your evil deeds, you go to heaven. If the opposite, you go to hell. From where do people get such a notion? From their sense of fairness. God has instilled in each person a sense of what justice looks like. Our moral gyroscope dictates that a person ought to reap what he sows.
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus, although seeming to refute this notion, actually confirms it. First, we know that God is just by looking at what He did to His Son on the cross. God killed Jesus that “He might be just and the justifier of those that believe in Jesus.”244 We reap the goodness that Jesus sowed and He reaped all of the iniquity we sowed when He suffered on the cross.
Second, when applied to the believer, we know that the Law of the Harvest 245 does not reflect the wrath of God or the cross. Salvation is by grace, rewards are by works. This Law applies to all people alike, Christian and non-Christian, those that go to heaven and those that go to hell. Paul said, “For He will render to every man according to his works. For God shows no partiality.”246
God disciplines His children, but such discipline is an expression of His love rather than His wrath. Don’t confuse the Law of the Harvest with either discipline or wrath. It has to do with God’s justice, the same standard that dwells in the breast of every human. You will reap what you sow.
244 Romans 3:26
Nehemiah 12-13 Acts 4:23-37 (New King James Version)
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